POSTS WITH TAG: eating habits

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    Remember ‘Fitness Mom’ Maria Kang, who landed in hot water recently for posting a picture of her toned self along with her three young children and the caption, “What’s your excuse?”

    She’s back, and this time she claims she was blocked from Facebook for ranting about a campaign for plus-sized women launched by Curvy Girl Lingerie.

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    Eat less and exercise more. Never has such a simple-seeming little credo been so hard to put into practice in our daily lives. I remember times when I was so desperate to change the way my body looked that if someone had uttered those words to me, I might have full-on decked them. They would have deserved it.

    As simple as those words are, the concept they are summarizing is much more complex. Sure, eating less (or at least more of the right sorts of foods) and exercising will change your body and make you feel better. But in order to do those things, you've got to make an entire change to your lifestyle, and that ain't easy.

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    It’s so easy to fall into unhealthy habits, and the most insidious thing is that you’re usually being unhealthier than you think you are. Take muffins and cupcakes, for example: You might choose the “healthier” muffin over a cupcake, but a lot of times, cupcakes end up having less sugar and fat than their non-frosted cousins.

    It’s important to know what you’re putting into your body, especially if you’re trying to lose weight. A new study from the New York University School of Medicine shows there’s something you’re ignoring that could be making you fat.

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    You know how when really thin, pretty women say they were such awkward adolescents, and you want to roll your eyes because you think to yourself, Wow, I’m sure that pimple you had once in eighth grade was really rough on you? I guess maybe for the uber beautiful, a pimple when they were 14 did seem really awkward.

    Which is why it’s refreshing to hear a model say she was chubby in middle school, and then see a picture of her being chubby in middle school. Supermodel Heidi Albertsen not only struggled with extra weight during her awkward years, she suffered from eczema too.

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    In a culture that is constantly beating into our brains that weight loss equals happiness, it's no surprise that some women end up going to worrying extremes to drop a few pounds. Teen Mom 3 star Briana Dejesus, who revealed on Twitter a couple of days ago that in addition to the Insanity workout program, she's doing a seriously strict cleanse for 10 days to drop the rest of her baby weight, tweeted: "Master cleanse diet! Won't be eating any solid food for 10 days pray for me!"

    Hmm ... is it just me or is any diet that completely shuns solid food and would even make you think to say "pray for me" probably a BAD IDEA?

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    I remember exactly when I started worrying about my physical appearance. After many years of ballet dancing five to six hours a day, I stopped pretty abruptly at 16 and went off to college. Between delayed puberty's arrival, the lack of exercise, and the college cafeteria, I gained 15 pounds.

    Suddenly my clothes didn't fit.

    And that's what started a spiral of weird eating rituals and routines, from dramatic calorie cutting to vegan and macrobiotic diets, all to get me back to the weight I thought I should be.

    If only I could press rewind.

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    Are you one of those people that are convinced that you have to rule out certain foods completely if you want to shed weight? Well, maybe it's time to rethink that strategy. According to data from a British weight loss community, of the people who lost 10 percent of their body weight using the online tool, 91 percent of them continued to eat chocolate as part of their diet. Chocolate. As in the thing you probably think is a HELL NO when it comes to weight loss.

    This makes me ecstatic because I'm a questionable chocoholic. But just wait, it gets even better. Turns out, it's not JUST chocolate that dieters can keep eating. In fact, there's scientific proof that if someone who's looking to shed pounds completely cuts something out of their diet, they're more likely to overeat it when they do encounter it. Yes, eliminating foods entirely is a bad idea.

    Translation: If you want to lose weight, reach for the chips, cookies, and peanut butter cups. Well -- in moderation, of course.

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    What’s the best diet to lose weight? What if I were to tell you the diet that will guarantee you weight loss quickly, with no exercise required, involves only beer and chocolate? Would you believe me? Probably not.

    Well, guess what? If you’re just eating and drinking beer and chocolate but your total calorie consumption is less than your body requires, then you are going to lose weight. Is it healthy for your body? No way! But you already knew that. Whenever you cut out major food groups, you know you’re missing out on vital, health-giving nutrients.

    So if everyone already knows that following a restrictive diet in which major food groups are totally off limits is a bad idea, then why are diets like Paleo and Atkins so popular? After all, they require you to cut out certain foods completely or have restrictive rules to follow. I have a few theories:

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    I always had this inkling that my vegetarian friends were healthier than me. Not simply because of what they don't put into their bodies, but because of what they do. Increased amounts of vegetables with tons of essential nutrients, for starters, but also a whole slew of things that I for one miss out on when I'm ripping apart that lunchtime burger. And turns out, a new study from Loma Linda University shows an association between diet type and weight. To be specific: vegetarians have a lower Body Mass Index (BMI) than non-vegetarians.

    And get this: not only did the meat-eaters rank in with the highest percentage of people with a BMI that's considered "obese," but they also consumed the highest amount of heart disease-linked fatty acids. Hmmm, yeah, not so promising. 

    But come ON. Just because some study says that being a meat-eater may mean you're more "likely" to be obese, there's no way I'm giving up my day-to-day diet. I don't have to, and neither do you.

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    It's crazy to think considering most men in America name her as their top celeb crush, but Jessica Alba confessed to Health magazine recently that she was "so self-conscious" about her body before having her daughters. She admits, "I was a lot more critical of my body when it was probably pretty awesome. It's like, why did I not ever wear jean shorts? That's so crazy. I was so skinny! I didn't have any cellulite ... what was I thinking?!"

    Aww. I can so relate -- I feel like we all can think back to one time or another when we were so self-conscious but really shouldn't have been. It's a great lesson to embrace the here and now and not put off wearing something you want to wear or doing something you want to do because you're feeling self-conscious. Hand-in-hand with a positive body image is of course healthy habits, which Jessica elaborated on as well ... 

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